8PM Package: ‘When Will It Be Actually Distributed’, Netizens Ask

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Twitterati has come out with a myriad of reactions about the Indian Prime Minister’s Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced at 20:20 in 2020 to fight Covid-19.

Swati Joshi 

THE fifth televised address during pandemic by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night mostly drew social media flak on the use of vocabulary. As the virtual world got flooded with puns and memes, Kashmiris expressed their difficulty in understanding the speech.

Even in mainland India, many people took to their social media accounts to share their opinions on the package.

One netizen hoped that the package also didn’t turn out to be a “jumla”.

A netizen tracking the timing of the address came up with a witty observation: Rs. 20 lakh crore relief package in the year 2020 at 20:20 hours.

Since PM Modi announced the new package, a netizen wrote, he might fulfill the old promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh to every citizen’s bank account.

In 2014, a package of Rs 15 lakh to every citizen was promised by Narendra Modi while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

In the 33-minute address, PM Modi appreciated the way India converted the crisis into an opportunity. “India’s fundamental thinking provides a ray of hope to the world,” he said.

Considering the impact of the contagion, PM Modi encouraged people to buy and promote local products. He encouraged people to become vocal for the local.

However, complaining about the internet ban in Kashmir, a netizen said that he could not be vocal for the local because if he became vocal internet would be shut down in the valley.

Expressing his disappointment with the speech one netizen tweeted that the PM’s address did not talk about the death of migrant workers.

Since the lockdown has been implemented the migrant workers are rendered unemployed.

Though the government has promised to look after their needs, many cases were reported where the migrant workers were suffering from non-availability of rations.

Some even compared the PM’s intimidating vocabulary with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who is known for the use of abstruse words like farrago (confused mixture), Lalochezia (the emotional relief gained from using abusive language), Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words) and many more.

Starting the address at 20:00 hours, PM Modi took 20 minutes to announce the economic package, prompting a pun from a netizen.

“Today’s speech of PM Modi flashbacked me of my board exams,” recollected one of the netizens, adding that he wrote two pages to answer a seven-mark question to get at least five marks.

Apart from memes and jokes, many netizens had some hard questions about the package.

“India did not have the resources for a big bang fiscal package,” as per the narrative spun by the finance ministry over the past 45 days, opined a netizen.

Notably, India took a 1.5 bn loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Considering India had to take a loan to fight the crisis, the netizens questioned from where the PM Modi is getting 20 lakh crore.

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